January 2015

Greetings from DAKSH!

We are happy to send you the first edition of our monthly update.

RULE OF LAW PROJECT

As many of you are aware, we are working on an exciting new endeavour, the Rule of Law project, which studies the problem of pendency of cases within the Indian legal system, with a view to find meaningful and sustainable solutions.

On November 26th, 2014, we held the first consultation at the DAKSH office. We invited experienced lawyers, researchers and academics, who have studied the functioning of the judiciary to participate in the consultation. The proceedings of the consultation validated our methodology for the purpose of building a database.

Following the consultation, our primary effort has been to collate and organise the data pertaining to cases pending before the twenty four High Courts of India in a user friendly manner. We have started with the data for six High Courts, namely, the High Courts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madras, Gujarat, and Patna. This data is updated on a daily basis. Additionally, we have identified five District Courts from which we aim to collect pending case details. The database will help us and other researchers to map the lifecycle of cases and correctly identify the delays in the judicial system.

We have generated content and tools that aim to ensure better understanding and usage of our data. In addition to the case database, our website will contain an explanation (aimed specifically at those with non-legal backgrounds) of the broad structure of the Indian judicial system and the basic concept of rule of law. We have also created a Case Type Standardization and Categorization to act as a key to our database. We have reached out to established legal search engines and research websites to partner us in this undertaking.

For us at DAKSH, people’s participation in governance is of paramount importance.  To start engaging with the public, we have strengthened our social media presence prior to our website launch. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are regularly updated to reflect our current activities. Our blog has also gone live, with regular posts from the DAKSH team as well as guest posts from academics, researchers and members of the legal fraternity.

The launch of our website is scheduled for February 07, 2015 by Union Law Minister, Shri D.V. Sadanand Gowda. The first phase of the Rule of Law project database, containing case details from six High Courts, will be released on this day. The launch will take place at 11:00 A.M at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium, Race Course Road, Bangalore. We are attaching the official invitation to the launch along with this mail, and look forward to having you with us.

CONSTITUTIONAL DAY LECTURE

Since 2012, DAKSH has been organizing a Constitutional Day Lecture series. On November 29th, 2014 he Third Constitutional Day Lecture was delivered by Mr. Prashant Bhushan, delivered on the topic ‘The Role, Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary under our Constitution’.

We will be back with further updates next month. Thank you for your interest and time.